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YPC Profiles

Gangatha DABULA

Full name(s) and surname: Gangatha Dabula

Position: Mining Engineer

What contribution do you see yourself making to the Young Professionals Council and the SAIMM? :

I really enjoy mentoring young graduates and other young individuals that are considering a career in mining so I see myself contributing in setting up a strategy and planning initiatives to give more young people exposure to the mining and engineering profession.

I could also assist with best practice when it comes to implementing mine planning strategies and I would also like to help steer South African mining policy with my peers through engagement with other stakeholders in the mining industry (Chamber of Mines, DMR, NUM).

Foibe Dimbulukwa Lawanifwa UAHENGO

Full name(s) and surname: Foibe Dimbulukwa Lawanifwa Uahengo

Position: Lecturer

What contribution do you see yourself making to the Young Professionals Council and the SAIMM? :

I would like to be a strong link between the young professionals and the YPC as well as SAIMM. I have seen the benefits that SAIMM brings to the young professionals. Therefore, I will bring the young professionals on board using my experience with the institute so they can be developed, in turn making SAIMM grow in different specialties in the field.

Francis Itiraishe DZAPASI

Full name(s) and surname: Francis Itiraishe Dzapasi

What contribution do you see yourself making to the Young Professionals Council and the SAIMM?:

Out of the realisation that mining is the backbone of the economy, I will represent young people from my country, in Southern African countries and in all countries around the world at large and encourage them to participate in the mining and metallurgical related industries. This will benefit the YPC in that more young professionals will become optimistic about becoming part and parcel of the mining and metallurgical fields. This means more members for the YPC which means growth of the Council. I will also help the YPC gain popularity in my country by involving young people in career guidance and mentorship programmes in schools and varsities. This will help fill the gap between youth, recent graduates and professionals in the mining industry in terms of the smooth flow of information and also two-way communication channels amongst them. I will motivate the youth to take part in various research and development projects aimed at improving the mining and processing of mineral resources that are vast within the Southern African region. Therefore new technologies, machines, safety standards and software will be promoted in this on going process.

My contribution to the SAIMM will be that there will be positive communication about the Institute from Zimbabwe as more and more people will become aware of what the SAIMM is about. This will result in improved communication to them as well as their attendance of various SAIMM activities including conferences. I will also assist the SAIMM to be recognised by various stakeholders from Zimbabwe like the government, media and business organisations who will in turn support the Institute and its intended interventions. I also see myself helping the SAIMM by encouraging membership from Zimbabwe and my former school ( Zimbabwe School of Mines) since I will have easy access to them as I will be speaking to them with a voice of the Institute.

Gabriella NXUMALO

Full name(s) and surname: Gabriella Nxumalo

Position: Entrepreneur and Extraction Process Engineer.

What contribution do you see yourself making to the Young Professionals Council and the SAIMM? :

I am a multi-faceted individual and can contribute to the three working groups. I have working experience as an engineer, I founded two companies, one in the education sector where we provide educational support as well as one in the digital solutions sector; I am involved with the daily operations of both companies.

I am keen on bringing my skills and experiences to serve in the SAIMM Young Professionals Council.

Desmond Edem Primus KLENAM

Full Name: Desmond Edem Primus Klenam

Position: Member of the Young Professionals Council

Qualifications:

MSc (Engineering), Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, Wits University
BSc (Hons), Materials Engineering , Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

What contribution do you see yourself making to the Young Professionals Council and the SAIMM?:

I will continue to work with the Education Focus Group to create awareness and promote an education that challenges and creates enthusiasm in young professionals.

Talha MAHOMEDY

Full name and surname: Talha Mahomedy

Position:

SAIMM Young Professionals Council (Education)

What contribution do you see yourself making to the Young Professionals Council and the SAIMM? :

Given my current expertise and experience being in leadership at University and leading a Geological Society on University I see myself contributing to the Education Group of the YPC. Taking that into consideration I will be able to fulfil the goals of the Education Working Group of the YPC.

Nkhumeleni Tshiongo-MAKGWE

Full name(s) and surname: Nkhumeleni Tshiongo-Makgwe

Position: Lecturer

What contribution do you see yourself making to the Young Professionals Council and the SAIMM? :

I have already been involved as a SAIMM member and have contributed to various committees of the YPC. I have also been the departmental liaison and would like to contribute more on these activities and also grow within the profession.

Zacharia Moshoana MARUMA

Full name(s) and surname:  Zacharia Moshoana Maruma

Position: Mine Overseer - Production

What contribution do you see yourself making to the Young Professionals Council and the SAIMM? :

I see myself adding value to the working groups in achieving their missions and targets. I will bring my unique experience to serve young SAIMM members and recent graduates in the industry.

Tshepo Matsape MMOLA

Full names and surname: Tshepo Matsape Mmola

Position: Lecturer – University of Johannesburg

What contribution do you see yourself making to the Young Professionals Council and the SAIMM? :

  • Advocacy and promotion of young professionals
  • Planning and organising YPC activities
  • Fundraising for the Scholarship Trust Fund (STF)

Xolani Nobel SIWELA

Full name(s) and surname: Xolani Nobel Siwela

Position:

Student
BSc Engineering (Metallurgy and Materials) Final year
University of the Witwatersrand

What contribution do you see yourself making to the Young Professionals Council and the SAIMM? :

Bringing a fresh young mind and a better connection and communication between students in Mining & Metallurgy and SAIMM. Also to provide leadership that is best with effective communication and deliverance. Life is about touching people’s lives, there are many ways to do it and leadership is one of them.

Adeodatus Sihesenkosi NHLEKO

Full Name: Adeodatus Sihesenkosi Nhleko

Position: Lecturer

What contribution do you see yourself making to the Young Professionals Council and the SAIMM?:

  • Based on the experience accumulated at the time I was working in the mining industry, I believe that I will add value in achieving the sole mandate of the YPC
  • I have served as a member of the YPC and I am quite aware of the opportunities and challenges related to the council
  • I am a serving as a vice-chairperson and also the 2-i-c of the Education Working Group
  • I am a director of a non-profit organisation (Nido Calido NPC) which mainly deals with issues around career guidance, promotion of mathematics and science in high schools. Some of the activities of this organisation are in line with the mandate of the YPC
  • I will be glad to be part of the team that will ensure the implementation of the YPC strategic plan.

Adrian Tendai CHINHAVA

Full name(s) and surname: Adrian Tendai Chinhava

Position: Nomination into the Young Professionals Council Committee
 
What contribution do you see yourself making to the Young Professionals Council and the SAIMM? :

Brilliant young people in Africa have astonishing ideas, and sadly they are expiring without being brewed. I want to provide a connection between such young marginalised aspiring professionals, and their success. I intend to start and manage an empowerment hub that seeks to progress the goals of the YPC and SAIMM by providing business development skills, trainings, networking platforms, pitch night events and potential investment for any entrepreneurs and small to medium enterprises.

The fellowship will be a platform for me to continue learning about business and entrepreneurship, in addition to the experience I attained in social enterprising. This empowerment will help me expose and utilise my raw talent.

The networks, academic knowledge and experience will hone my skills for perfect implementation and setting up of related projects like the empowerment hub. The professional development experience will help me set up social enterprises that will help cut the import bill in my home country and most importantly to evaluate young people’s start-ups.

Learning Objectives

  1. To manoeuvre projects in a tough economic environment and how to make them sustainable in rapidly changing global environments.
  2. To compare, contrast and develop a deep understanding of pertinent issues affecting young professionals in Southern Africa and develop possible solutions in addressing them.

Getrude MARAPE

Full Name: Getrude Marape

Position:  Senior Engineer

What contribution do you see yourself making to the Young Professionals Council and the SAIMM? :

I will use the challenges I had in my career to advise the YPC SAIMM on programmes and workshops required to help young professionals in the Mining sector to grow and develop in their fields and to become experts.

Refentse MOLEHE

Full name(s) and surname: Refentse Molehe

Position: Corporate Member

What contribution do you see yourself making to the Young Professionals Council and the SAIMM? :

I have a heart of service. Having been chairperson in my final year at the University of Pretoria for the Department of Material Science and Metallurgy, working closely with students has been the highlight of years at tertiary, well and finally graduating. I would like to continue with that as I am now officially in the mining industry. It’s my second year in the industry and I believe that there is some knowledge I could share with undergraduates. Being part of different committees has taught me the ability to plan events and to work as a team with others. I believe that us young people are the future and the change required in South Africa. And it is our duty to contribute where we can and this is my way of giving back to the industry by participating in hopefully being part of the council.

Katlego LETSOALO

Full name(s) and surname: Katlego Letsoalo

Position: Vice-Chairperson

What contribution do you see yourself making to the Young Professionals Council and the SAIMM?:

I believe I have managed to build a solid network that is still growing within mining companies and various government entities. My involvement in the YPC would allow me to bring various stakeholders to contribute to the achievement of the long term vision and goals of the organisation. I believed my contribution was evident in the success of the YPC conference hosted this year.

I think it is worth noting that the mining industry’s absorption of graduates over recent years has declined. I think I can contribute to the group by looking into solutions that would address graduate employment to a certain degree.

Khumo Mamaso NNYENYIWA

Full name(s) and surname: Khumo Mamaso Nnyenyiwa

Position: Mining Manager (Long Term Planning)                         

What contribution do you see yourself making to the Young Professionals Council and the SAIMM?:

With my vast experience in the mining industry, I would mentor and coach the upcoming crop of mining industry engineers with more focus on the ladies. This would greatly impact on the future generations of ladies to see mining as a viable career option for them.

Mbali MOGALANYANE

Full name(s) and surname: Mbali Mogalanyane

Position: Manager : Mining & Metals

What contribution do you see yourself making to the Young Professionals Council and the SAIMM?:

I want to participate in the business side of the portfolio- conferences, presentations as well assisting technically. I am one of the ECSA assessors and there’s a strong focus to get more women registered as professionals in the engineering industry. So my involvement would be sharing ECSA related information, registration process etc.

Lwabanji Tony LUMBWE

Full name: Lwabanji Tony Lumbwe

Position: Development and Project Engineer

What contribution do you see yourself making to the Young Professionals Council and the SAIMM? :

In line with the YPC mandate and looking into the future of the mining industry in South Africa, I believe that an imperative change in ways of looking at implementing technology is of higher importance now than it was two decades ago. This new way of thinking needs to be channelled to the up and coming engineers in the mining sector.

My exposure to technology added with my education background will benefit the YPC in the sense that I will be able to provide leadership and mentorship to inspiring engineers based on my experience. Apart from being an avid team player, I strive for being a smart-creative thinker and I am an advocate of continuous improvement.